Ah, Christmastime in New York City. There’s nothing quite like it. The glittering lights on the Rockefeller Center tree. A chill in the air as you saunter from destination to destination, steaming cup of cocoa in hand.

It’s one of my fondest childhood memories (even the four-hour car rides were met with giddy anticipation). So I was thrilled to hear we were pairing up with luxury charity auction site Charitybuzz – which has raised more than $65 million for nonprofits worldwide by auctioning exclusive access to the world’s biggest celebs and brands – to offer a holiday-in-the-city experience to remember. Think a private dance lesson with the Rockettes, tickets to see them perform at Radio City Music Hall, a behind-the-scenes tour, and (oh-so-much) more.

It’s must-see, must-do New York at its best – and, as if that phrase didn’t already contain enough musts, I’ll throw in another plus: benefits go to a nonprofit charity, Garden of Dreams.

Since its inception in 2006, Garden of Dreams has worked closely with all areas of The Madison Square Garden Company to help make dreams come true for children facing obstacles. Creating once-in-a-lifetime experiences at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, and beyond, they’ve helped more than 215,000 tri-state area children persevering through illness, homelessness, poverty, and tragedy.

An unmatched holiday experience that benefits a cause? I can’t think of a better way to channel the spirit of the season.

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular Experience opens Monday, November 26, at 11AM ET.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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November 24, 2012